Charmed to Death is a new album from artist, Stephen Jacques. A collaborative effort with multi-instrumentalist producer Alan Weatherhead (The Cardigans, Cracker, Sparklehorse), this release is colorful and vibrant. The songs are indeed charming and have a quirky, sentimental vibe. Backed by some of the most sonically pleasing guitar tones you’ll ever hear, Stephen Jacques’ vocals are reflective and down to Earth.
He has a knack for storytelling and the tracks all feature elaborate lyrical narratives. There’s a lot of material for the listener to engage with, and it is very compelling. Listening to this album is like going on a road trip. You really feel like you’re experiencing all these adventures and meeting the people discussed in the songs. It’s hard to categorize the general sound, but the best way I could describe it is that it reminds me a bit of R.E.M., but with more of an indie folk rock ambiance. There’s even a hint of Americana in there somewhere. It’s still early, but this is one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year.
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